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Ground Ball Notebook: Duke Survives and Advances
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/15/2013
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Matheis Lifts Duke to Victory in Thrilling Fashion
For the first time in Duke’s NCAA Tournament history, the Blue Devils found themselves in the middle of a double overtime thriller. Duke, trailing by as many as five, 7-2, late in the second quarter before adding consecutive goals in the final 1:51 to pull within three, 7-4, at the half. Managing just 22 shots overall in the first half, Duke started to click in the third quarter and outscored the Greyhounds 4-1 to tie the game 8-8 with 15 minutes remaining. The back and forth action continued in the fourth quarter with Loyola going up 9-8 before Blue Devils senior Josh Offit gave Duke its first lead since it was 1-0 with 9:20 to play. The Greyhounds went ahead again, 11-10, with 3:20 to play in regulation. Looking to avoid its first NCAA Tournament first round loss since 2001, freshman Case Matheis tied the game when he picked up a rebound in front of the cage and threw it in for his second goal of the game and force overtime. Loyola, with just under a minute to play in regulation, seemingly took a 12-11 lead but had called a timeout prior to the shot. The first extra session resulted in six shots, but none found the back of the cage as the Blue Devils and Greyhounds headed to a second overtime. With just over two minutes having gone by, Duke got the ball back on offense. Matheis scooped up the ground ball, noticed he had an opening and raced past his defender to beat Loyola goaltender on the near post for the game-winning score. The tally was Matheis’ third of the game and sent Duke to its 13th NCAA quarterfinal.

Upending the Reigning National Champions
Duke’s matchup with the reigning NCAA Champion Loyola Greyhounds marked the seventh time the Blue Devils had faced the recent NCAA title holder in the tournament. Duke was 0-6 in games against the recent NCAA champ heading into the game with the most recent loss coming against Syracuse in the 2009 semifinal. Overall, Duke is now 6-14 against reigning national champions with five of the six wins coming against Virginia (3) and Loyola (2).

Danowski in Overtime Games
The double overtime thriller was the first for head coach John Danowski during his tenure at Duke and the fourth multiple overtime game in his 31-year career. In his 31-plus seasons, the longtime head coach is 15-6 in overtime games – 11-5 at Hofstra and 4-1 at Duke.

Offit with Another Clutch Goal
Like he has done all season, senior midfielder Josh Offit turned in another clutch goal for the Blue Devils. Offit’s score completed the Blue Devils’ comeback and gave Duke its first lead since it was 1-0 at the 14:07 mark of the first quarter. In Duke’s five wins by three or fewer goals, Offit has netted a crucial goal in the fourth quarter to help secure the win. Against Loyola in the regular season, he broke open a 6-6 tie with 9:40 left as Duke went on to win 9-8. The Bethesda, Md., native gave Duke a two-goal lead, 10-8, with 2:35 remaining versus North Carolina and then had the go-ahead goal against Harvard with 5:25 to play. In the victory over Virginia, Offit scored the tying goal and then assisted on the team’s 19th tally to secure the win.

Playing in the Biggest Venues
Duke will be making its debut in its seventh NFL Stadium Sunday when it takes on Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Blue Devils have played at seven different NFL stadiums since 2005, facing off at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., EverBank Field in Jacksonville and Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Overall, Duke has played in eight professional team venues after playing at Major League Soccer’s PPL Park in the 2012 NCAA Quarterfinal. Duke is 5-6 in NCAA Tournament games in NFL Stadiums and 7-12 overall in contests in those venues.

Danowski Aiming for 7th Straight NCAA Semifinal Appearance
Head coach John Danowski is looking to make history Sunday by becoming the first Division I head coach to advance to the NCAA semifinals in each of his first seven seasons with a program. He currently is one of two head coaches to do so six times, joining Syracuse’s John Desko on the list. Desko accomplished the feat from 1999-04, while Danowski’s six straight is the lone active streak.

Coach, School



John Danowski, Duke



John Desko, Syracuse



Don Zimmerman, Johns Hopkins



Jack Emmer, Washington & Lee



Dave Klarmann, North Carolina



John Haus, Johns Hopkins



John Tillman, Maryland



98 and Counting
With a pair of goals against Loyola, junior attack Josh Dionne is just two shy of reaching the century mark in points. The New Hampshire native has 83 goals and 15 assists and will be the 41st Blue Devil to reach the 100-point plateau. He is averaging 2.33 points per game overall and has registered at least two points in 13 games, including in each of the past nine outings.

Rookies Coming up Big
The trio of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Case Matheis had strong showings in their NCAA Tournament debuts. Matheis finished with three goals, including the tying and winning scores, while Jones knotted the score 8-8 at the end of the third quarter. Class had a goal and an assist as both him and Jones gave Duke quality minutes on the second midfield line.

Notre Dame again…
For the seventh time since 2010, Duke and Notre Dame will face off. This will be the third time the two teams will have met in the NCAA Tournament (2010, 2011 & 2013) as Duke looks to continue the trend of winning the rematch against the Irish. The Blue Devils are 0-4 against the Irish during the regular season since 2010 and 2-0 in postseason play. In the four regular season wins by the Irish, Notre Dame is averaging 10.75 goals per game. However, in the two wins by the Blue Devils, Duke holds Notre Dame to just five goals per game.

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are available to purchase for the NCAA quarterfinals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tickets are $30 for reserve seating and $20 for general admission for adults and $25 and $15 for children under 12, respectively. 

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Just watched @Duke_MLAX beat defending champ Loyola in 2OT sudden death, that would make anybody a lacrosse fan #whatagame

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